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Title: US4876979: Apparatus for deploying and recovering a seaborne vessel
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Walton, Jim M.; San Diego, CA
Munson, Arthur E.; San Diego, CA

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, DC
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Published / Filed: 1989-10-31 / 1988-01-11

Application Number: US1988000142898

IPC Code: Advanced: B63B 27/16;
IPC-7: B63B 21/66;

ECLA Code: B63B27/36;

U.S. Class: Current: 114/258; 114/049; 114/244; 114/253;
Original: 114/258; 114/049; 114/244; 114/253;

Field of Search: 114/044,49,50,51,52,53,54,244,248,249,250,258,259,260,261,262

Government Interest:

STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST
    The invention described herein may be manufactured and used by or for the Government of the United States of America for governmental purposes without the payment of any royalties thereon or therefor.

Priority Number:
1988-01-11  US1988000142898

Abstract:     An apparatus for employing and retrieving a seaborne vehicle having a frangible surface includes a muzzle and a cylindrically shaped cocoon. The muzzle is clamped to the vehicle and then pulled by a rope into the cocoon. Bladders within the cocoon are inflated with pressurized air to retain the vehicle. The vehicle can then be safely retrieved by hoisting the cocoon out of the ocean. Vehicle deployment is achieved by placing the vehicle in the cocoon, pressurizing the bladders with air, lowering the cocoon and attendant vehicle into the ocean, exhausting the air from the bladders, and then towing the cocoon so that water passing through apertures in the bow of the cocoon push the vehicle into the open ocean.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Fendelman, Harvey ; Keough, Thomas Glenn ; Kagan, Michael A. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Basinger, Sherman D.; Brahan, Thomas J.

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. An apparatus for shipboard deployment and recovery of a seaborne vessel, comprising:
  • muzzle means for selectively gripping the exterior of the vessel and retaining the vessel so that the vessel may be towed;
  • cocoon means having a hollow interior, a bow end, and a stern end, the stern end being open for receiving the muzzle means and attached vessel into the interior of the cocoon;
  • first tensile means connected to the muzzle means, the tensile means being threaded through the aperture in the bow end of the cocoon for towing the muzzle and vessel retained therein in the cocoon; and
  • second tensile means connected to the cocoon for towing the cocoon; and
  • inflatable resilient bladder means mounted in the interior of the cocoon for snugly engaging and retaining the vessel within the cocoon and for providing the vessel with shock attenuation protection upon introduction of pressurized fluid therein.


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Get PDF - 4pp US372761* 1887-11 Palmer    
Get PDF - 5pp US1168040  1916-01 Wick   APPARATUS FOR RAISING SUNKEN VESSELS.
Get PDF - 6pp US1186889  1916-06 Cowles   DEVICE FOR RAISING SUNKEN VESSELS.
Get PDF - 3pp US1293899  1919-02 Pendergast   APPARATUS FOR RAISING SUNKEN VESSELS.
Get PDF - 6pp US2679224  1954-05 Sturtevant   Fluted salvage device
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Get PDF - 4pp US3472191  1969-10 Horton   HYDROPNEUMATIC SALVAGE SYSTEM
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Get PDF - 14pp US3732840  1973-05 Dane   SHIP SECTIONS ADAPTED FOR DISASSEMBLY AND RE-ASSEMBLY AT SEA
Get PDF - 9pp US3943875  1976-03 Sanders  British Columbia Research Council Method and apparatus for launching and recovering submersibles
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Buy PDF FR2291903 1976-06  B63C 7/00 BOYCE 2 WILLIAM ABRI SOUS-MARIN POUR ISOLER DE LA MASSE D'EAU ENVIRONNANTE UNE ZONE DU FOND ET LE VOLUME DE LIQUIDE COUVRANT CETTE ZONE 
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